David Cameron ‘should help free my wife from Iran jail as one of his last acts’

The husband of a British mother held in an Iranian jail for almost three months today urged David Cameron to fight for her freedom as one of his “last acts” in power, ahead of a Downing Street vigil.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, from West Hampstead, was arrested at Tehran airport on April 3 with her young daughter Gabriella as they were returning to London after visiting relatives.

She is being held in Evin jail in the Iranian capital in anticipation of being charged with planning to overthrow the regime, according to state media.

Her husband says she is the victim of “crazy accusations” and wants the Government to pressure Tehran for her release.

Richard Ratcliffe, 41, said: “David Cameron is still in charge… perhaps in one of his last acts he can try to intervene and push as part of his legacy.”

A candlelit vigil will be held tomorrow in Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street, from 9 to 11pm, to honour her and British grandfather Kamal Foroughi, who is also in Evin jail.

Mr Ratcliffe, an accountant, said: “I hope they’re mov-ed by the power of all our families.”

Gabriella, two, is still in Iran with relatives as her passport has been seized.

Mr Ratcliffe, who speaks to her on Skype, said: “When I call it’s about bedtime, so she’s ready for a bedtime story.”

There is a petition calling on David Cameron to act at tinyurl.com/freenaz.


Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cameron-should-help-free-my-wife-from-iran-jail-as-one-of-his-last-acts-a3281776.html